The spirit of the west is very much alive in Millarville as the community continues to celebrate the Millarville Races – a tradition that began on June 23, 1905, just three months before Alberta became a province.
This historic event features a stock horse race, which usually kicks off around noon. Local people will battle for a buckle and bragging rights as they race for a quarter mile with stock horses they use on the ranch. Also check out the paramutual race, where jockeys race on thoroughbreds.
Watch ladies don period costumes and race sidesaddle. Packhorse races will see teams load up their steed before a racer hops on to race around the track.
Other activities include sack races, three-legged races, a petting zoo, inflatable obstacle course and smaller scale Millarville Farmers Market.
Dress in your best ‘Derby Western’ attire for the second annual Millarville Derby VIP event.
Don’t forget to wear your finest fascinator for an exclusive view of the races, pari-mutuel betting, music, free draws, music and more.
These tickets cost $75 per person at 403-931-3411 and includes admission, a cocktail and lunch.
The races begin at noon and the cost is $10/person. Children three and under are free. For more information call 403-931-3411.
Dogs are not permitted.